The Scoop

A blog about what's new and changing on sacbee.com

April 12, 2010
Sacramento Connect improving, growing

We continue to make improvements and add partners to Sacramento Connect, the content linking and social media network that debuted two weeks ago. The toolbar you see at the bottom of your browser is sort of the glue that holds the network together, and you can use the toolbar to find related content across the network and to share it via email, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Each partner was invited into the network by Bee editors or applied to join. Bee editors are looking for regional sites and blogs that frequently post and are transparent in who writes the posts and any sourcing used in those posts. We're also looking for posts that are interesting and well written. The intent is to make it easy for readers to find quality, related content by using the toolbar, which is on every page of sacbee and on partner sites and blogs. So part of improving the network will come as we add more quality partners, such as Saving in Sacramento, Cakegrrl, Sacramento Sidetracks, Sacramento Vegetable Gardening and Nanny Goats in Panties, a humor blog, that all will be debuting on Sacramento Connect in the coming days.

 

As we anticipated, during the first days of testing Sacramento Connect there were some technical bugs to work out. We think we've identified and ironed out most of the bugs, and now our tech team is focusing on improving the user's experience with the toolbar and adding other improvements to the landing page for Sacramento Connect. We also will be making improvements on how we highlight some of the best content from partners, including on the homepage of sacbee, via Twitter and Facebook and in the paper.

 

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About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of sacbee.com talk about new initiatives and our plans for sacbee.com. You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and sacbee.com. Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at tnegrete@sacbee.com or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is smcmahon@sacbee.com.

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for Sacbee.com and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at lgonzales@sacbee.com.

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